Some Colorado drivers think they can get through charges for certain traffic offenses like reckless driving or DUI on their own, just like they would for a speeding ticket. However, a Colorado criminal defense attorney can be invaluable when facing criminal charges related to a traffic offense. While traffic offenses like driving without insurance or driving on a suspended license may seem like no big deal, law enforcement takes these kinds of offenses very seriously. Charges such as driving under license revocation or leaving the scene of an accident can come with serious criminal consequences as well as consequences for your driving privileges. Unlike a simple parking or speeding ticket, you need a defense lawyer when facing criminal charges for traffic offenses. Criminal traffic offenses include driving without a driver’s license, excessive speed, reckless driving, DUI, DWAI, DUID or driving without insurance. All of these serious traffic offenses can result in hefty fines, license suspension or revocation and even jail time. Many of these criminal traffic charges will arise after a motor vehicle accident, and a single driver can be charged with more than one offense, compounding the legal ramifications of a conviction. A Colorado criminal defense attorney can help drivers with multiple offenses get some charges dismissed or reduced in order to avoid some of the more serious penalties. Some of the most serious traffic offenses like driving without a license or driving on a revoked license can result in surprisingly hefty fines and jail time. Often, a driver’s license has been revoked because of a previous violation like driving under the influence, and this can make police crack down harder on individuals who drive on a suspended license. For example, if pulled over for any kind of offense like speeding, a driver can be arrested for Driving Under Revocation or DUR. A conviction for DUR in Colorado can also come with a mandatory jail sentence. A criminal defense attorney with experience handling these types of cases can help drivers who are accused of these serious traffic offenses avoid jail time.